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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 16, 2010 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Billy Kreutzmann

During the single drummer era they were able to "turn a dime" during improv jams. Billy is a jazzy drummer with rock sensibilities and psychedelic ears. With Mickey coming back, the rhythm section became much heavier and plodding. They couldn't change gears as quickly anymore - more members = more inertia. Especially with Mickey being so heavy handed on the drums... not to say I don't love his contributions at times but too often there is a runaway train kind of feeling to the drumming after hiatus. Much more opportunity for sloppiness.